Aedes cinereus (multiple)

Mosquitos are one of the most common pest insects that we encounter in North America. Nearly everyone has had multiple itchy mosquito bites, and most of us are aware of the sensationalized news stories that cover the spread of diseases by these blood-suckers.

Biological Profile

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Diptera
  • Family: Culicidae
  • Genus: Aedes (multiple)

How common are they?

Mosquitos are extremely common on all continents except for Antarctica. More than 3,000 species (176 of which are found in North America) are known to exist.

Health Risks

  • Known diseases: Zika, Yellow Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus (and many others)
  • Bites: Yes
  • Stings: No

How dangerous are they?

Mosquito bites can be very itchy, but the largest dangers come from the spread of diseases.

Pest Treatment Factors

  • Cost: Moderate
  • DIY-Friendly: Moderately
  • Lifestyle Impact: High

How hard are they to get rid of?

Clearing a spot on your patio or porch is fairly straightforward, but treating an entire lawn or outdoors environment can be more difficult. Removal of mosquitos from homes or enclosed spaces can be fast and easy.

Recent published articles

How to Make a Natural and Safe DIY Mosquito Trap
How to Make a Natural and Safe DIY Mosquito Trap

The CDC calls them “the world’s deadliest animal” for good reason. Although statistics vary, some suggest that mosquitoes indirectly cause […]